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NWT Ferry Schedules
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Fred Koe Inuvik

Mahsi, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to express some concern about the hours of operation of the ferries, specifically at the Peel River crossing and the Mackenzie River crossing.

This year, the hours of operation of these ferries, and other ferries across the territories, have been changed. They are now working on a timed schedule. There have been many complaints by many of the people who are using these roads and ferries about the waiting time and methods of operation of these ferries. There is a lot of traffic in the Delta region between Fort McPherson, Tsiigehtchic and Inuvik. We are also now well into the tourism season and there are many tourists who are coming to these crossings and are a little dismayed at the time they have to wait.

Later this afternoon, my colleague from Mackenzie Delta is going to be tabling a petition which we received from residents in the area. They are complaining about the timing of these ferry crossings. So I would like to raise the issue and I would like to ask the Minister and the department to do a quick evaluation of the hours of operation of the ferries at the Peel River and the Mackenzie River crossings before we get well into the summer season. The timing is right that we do an evaluation now to take an assessment of how these operations are being run. Thank you very much.

NWT Ferry Schedules
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Item 3, Members' statements. Are there any further Members' statements? Mrs. Marie-Jewell.

41st Anniversary Of Fort Smith Catholic Women's League
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Jeannie Marie-Jewell Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, the Catholic Women's League is celebrating its 75th anniversary with more than 114,000 members across Canada. In Fort Smith, the Catholic Women's League will celebrate its 41st year with 11 active members.

However, we have been fortunate in Fort Smith and honoured to have the Catholic Women's League and the Mackenzie Diocese spiritual director from Fort Smith. Donna Currie is only the second woman to hold that position. In the past, the CWL always had a priest as a chaplain.

The CWL started in Fort Smith in 1954 with eight members and they were, at the time, Mrs. Saraphine Evans, Mrs. Bohnet, Mrs. Gratix, Mrs. Giroux, and Mrs. Amirault, who was the first president, with Father Mokwa being the chaplain.

Mr. Speaker, the objectives of the CWL actually began when they responded to a call from Bishop Emil Legal to assist immigrant women. The CWL came to the rescue by setting up the first English as a second language course in Canada. In 1946, the league passed resolutions to provide youth centres across the country to combat juvenile delinquency. In Alberta, it had its key role in setting up and funding women's shelters. In 1958 in Fort Smith, Father Mousseau, who is now in Yellowknife, became the first chaplain of the CWL and the league was also amalgamated with Alberta at the time.

During the 1960s and 1970s, the league concentrated on the sanctity of life, women in the church, Christian family life, world peace, pension reform and social justice for women worldwide. I would like to take the time to recognize the present active members of the CWL: Donna Currie, Anna Hodgkins, Monique Bird, Jean Le Guerfler, Dora Tourangeau, Saraphine Evans, Giselle Soucy, Joan Langevin, Isabelle Le Guerrier, Margaret Levadnuk, and Charlotte Anderson. Saraphine Evans was one of the initial members and continues to be involved. One of the other members, Dora Tourangeau, is in her late 80s and still helps out with the CWL. I would like to take the time to commend and thank the women who have given all their extra effort to the CWL. We are proud of our women, who continue to be active members in striving for the spiritual interest of our community. Thank you.

---Applause

41st Anniversary Of Fort Smith Catholic Women's League
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you, Mrs. Marie-Jewell. Item 3, Members' statements. Mr. Ballantyne.

Father's Day
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Michael Ballantyne Yellowknife North

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, Sunday was Father's Day. it is a day for fathers across the Northwest Territories to celebrate their relationship with their kids and reflect on the most important role that men with children must undertake in their life: that is, bringing up their children to be productive and caring adults. We often hear about parents' rights and we hear, very often in this House, about the responsibility of governments, courts, teachers and police officers to care for children. Let there be no doubt, the primary responsibility for bringing up children lies with their parents. We have the responsibility to ensure our kids stay out of trouble, become educated and to become active and productive members of society. We should also take a moment to think about fathers less fortunate than us, who have lost children to crime, suicide and accident. When we're reflecting on the joy that our children bring to us, we should remember the tragedies that happen out there. We can never forget that. I think all of us have the responsibility to protect all children, not just our own.

We can count our blessings as parents. In the 1990s, the role of men has changed significantly. Men can no longer leave the raising of their children to their wives; we must be involved in every part of our children's lives. Having children is a wonderful gift, and it is a gift that we must take the time and effort to nurture. Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

Father's Day
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you, Mr. Ballantyne. Item 3, Members' statements. Do we have any further Members' statements? Item 4, returns to oral questions. Mr. Pollard.

Further Return To Question 634-12(7): Reinstatement Of Bird Dog Officers During Investigation
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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John Pollard Hay River

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I have a response to a question asked by Mrs. Marie- Jewell on June 16, 1995, concerning Bird Dog officer investigations. Mr. Speaker, today, under orders of the day, item 13, tabling of documents, I will table an excerpt from the human resource manual, section 701, which speaks to the process for investigating recommendations for dismissal. Numbers 38 through 42 in section 701 specifically address the investigation procedures followed upon receipt of a request for dismissal. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Further Return To Question 634-12(7): Reinstatement Of Bird Dog Officers During Investigation
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Item 4, returns to oral questions. Mr. Ng.

Further Return To Question 580-12(7): Creation Of Fire Breaks As Preventative Measures
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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Kelvin Ng Kitikmeot

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I have a return to an oral question asked by Mrs. Marie-Jewell on June 12, 1995, with respect to the creation of fire breaks as preventative measures.

Further Return To Question 580-12(7): Creation Of Fire Breaks As Preventative Measures
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Item 4, returns to oral questions. Item 5, recognition of visitors in the gallery. Mr. Lewis.

Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery
Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery

June 19th, 1995

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Brian Lewis Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to recognize Bob and Carol Latremouille. They were residents of Yellowknife for many years; they lived on my street. Carol was also an employee of the government. They are visiting in their retirement, just to show you that when people retire, they spend time here. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

---Applause

Welcome to the Assembly. Item 5, recognition of visitors in the gallery. Today, I would like to recognize the fathers, who are in the gallery and in this Chamber, and wish them a belated Happy Father's Day and also the mothers, a belated Happy Mother's Day.

---Applause

Item 6, oral questions. Mr. Whitford.

Question 642-12(7): Role Of Saps In Bird Dog Officer Investigation
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Tony Whitford Yellowknife South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. In light of what Minister Pollard had to say regarding the subject of Bird Dog officers and the investigation taking place, I would like to ask the Minister responsible for Safety a question concerning the Bird Dogs. Over the past few days, Members of this House have heard on the radio numerous reports suggesting that there is political interference taking place with the investigation being conducted by the chief safety officer.

Some of my constituents, as well, are concerned about those allegations. I would like to ask the Minister it he could clarify and advise this House about the role his department is playing in this matter.

Question 642-12(7): Role Of Saps In Bird Dog Officer Investigation
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Minister of Safety and Public Services, Mr. Nerysoo.

Return To Question 642-12(7): Role Of Saps In Bird Dog Officer Investigation
Question 642-12(7): Role Of Saps In Bird Dog Officer Investigation
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Richard Nerysoo Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would just like to advise the honourable Member that the chief safety officer is conducting the investigation according to the legislative authority he has. As Minister, I believe it is none of my business to intervene at this particular juncture. I've been asked to ensure that the responsibility that has been assigned is carried out accordingly and, to date, there has been no involvement on the part of any of the political leaders to deter or affect the investigation being conducted.

Return To Question 642-12(7): Role Of Saps In Bird Dog Officer Investigation
Question 642-12(7): Role Of Saps In Bird Dog Officer Investigation
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Deputy Speaker Brian Lewis

Thank you, Minister Nerysoo. Supplementary, Mr. Whitford.